• Guidelines on selecting a project theme

    Change Starts Now

  • First, Choose an area of interest

    MOMENTUM offers three areas for you to choose. Pick one of them.

    Area 1

    Growth and Innovation

    Focus on the development of individuals, and explore new possibilities for each person to grow, learn, and embrace a more exciting life path. Examples of related social issues: career planning | inter-generational communication | online learning | ...

    Area 2

    Equality and Diversity

    Focus on the relationships between groups, and facilitate the coexistence and interaction of different groups, cultures, and ideas . Examples of related social issues: gender equality | education equity | ethnic culture | ...

    Area 3

    Development and Balance

    Focus on the interaction between humans and the environment, and explore the impact of development on the natural environment, civilization, lifestyle and others. Examples of related social issues: resource regeneration | population aging | smart city | ...

  • Then, Pick your own them

    or join a design challenge

    After choosing an area

    Pick a specific social issue related to this area as your project theme

    • Pick your own social issue OR join one of the design challenges raised by MOMENTUM.
    • If you sign up for a design challenge, the deadline to register is Mar 25.
    • If you pick your own issue, the deadline to register is Apr 15.

    What is a design challenge?

    • MOMENTUM collaborates with several NGOs and social enterprises to provide a number of "design challenges" that you can solve through your social innovation project. Design challenges help you look at a particular social issue from a more professional perspective. The NGOs and social enterprises also provide support for research and solution design.
    • Note that regardless of whether you choose a design challenge or select your own social issue, the judges will review your project equally.

    View the list of design challenges

    View tips on picking your own social issue

    What should I do

    if I want to join a design challenge?

    • You can select a design challenge in the registration form. You must complete the registration by Mar 25.
    • The institutions hosting the design challenge will decide if you are qualified to join. If you are selected, the institution will provide training or consultation opportunities to help you better understand your design challenge and prepare for follow-up tasks.
    • If you are not selected, you can still participate in MOMENTUM, but you will have to pick your own social issue.

    Who should join a design challenge?

    • If you are particularly interested in the design challenges we offer;
    • If you do not know which social issues you want to work on and you want to get inspiration and help from professional institutions;
    • If you need access to more resources;

    You should choose the design challenge!

    Who should pick his/her own social issue?

    • If you already have a social issue of particular interest to you;
    • If you already have certain experience with a particular field;

    You should choose your own social issue!

  • Tips on Picking social issue

    on your own

    Segment Broad Issues

    Drive big change with a small and concrete action

    When it comes to social issues, people's general instinct is to think of a very broad topic like "environmental protection" and "social justice". But to solve such a macro problem is difficult to start. Think about the specific implications of these big problems in everyday life and start from there. For example, "to reduce the waste of toilet paper" is a much more specific issue than "to reduce the waste of paper".

    Draw Inspiration from Everyday Life

    Reject ideas that are distant from your reality

    Many students will choose issues such as "Care for Left-Behind Children", "Helping People with Disabilities", and "Rural Area Education". Their projects are often superficial and can not really help these people, for they rarely have an actual connection with them. In fact, the more familiar you are with the issues, the better chance you have of making a difference. Take a very reflective look at your own life and those of the people around you, and identify an opportunity for action.

    Keep Implementation in Mind

    Seek concrete changes, not fantasies

    You have to consider the feasibility of your ideas. At the end of the day, if your ideas cannot be turned into reality, your efforts will be a waste of time. Choosing a social issue that you are familiar with and that you know is manageable will greatly enhance the possibility of successful implementation of your solution.

  • List of Design Challenges

    How do we help improve the sexual awareness of people with intellectual disabilities?

    Area: Equality and Diversity

    Topic Partner: HuiLing Service Center for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Beijing/Chongqing)

    Prefer participants located in Beijing/Chongqing

    Design Challenge Background: Sexual education is often ignored with regard to people who have intellectual disabilities, but actually these people experience the exact same sexual impulses as those without disabilities, contrary to most people's perception. Long term observations have suggested that these people express the same heterosexual desires, but do so in a obscured manner. In particular, the lack of education for disabled female can be particularly consequential due to their inability to deter unwanted sexual advances. This is a relatively under-researched area, however it is obvious that is a problem which is urgently in need of some attention.


    Partner Introduction: Huiling focuses on providing community-based service to people with intellectual disabilities and improving their quality of life.

    How can more children with hearing disabilities from low-income families receive cochlear implant surgeries and recovery training?

    Area: Equality and Diversity

    Topic Partner: The First Sound

    Prefer participants located in Shanghai/Shandong

    Design Challenge Background: In China, there are 100 thousand children under the age of 7 who have severe hearing disabilities. Government policy is currently insufficient in terms of providing support to all of them. Moreover, because of the expenses of the cochlear implant surgery, a lot of them are likely to miss the critical phase suited to recovery of aural and oral facilities and end up deaf and mute their entire lives.


    Partner Introduction: “The First Sound”provides high-quality implant surgeries and recovery training to children with severe hearing disabilities from low-income families in China, in order for the children to enjoy the ability to hear and speak.

    How can we incentivize online shoppers to transform "transforbox" and re-use these delivery boxes?

    Area: Development and Balance

    Topic Partner: Transforbox Technology

    No participant location preferrence

    Design Challenge Background: Each day 200 million delivery boxes are consumed as a result of online shopping. Transforbox technology co., LTD is focusing on the problem of excess packaging with a specific design focus on what the package can be used for following initial use, by incorporating the reusable design of the package into the specific production of the box. When the package is received, it can be transformed into calendars, containers etc. following initial use. However, only 10% of these recyclable boxes are actually being transformed and re-used. Therefore, we hope to encourage more online shoppers to transform these special recyclable boxes and eventually help reduce waste.


    Partner Introduction: Transforbox Technology provides sustainable and interactive packaging solutions for brands.

    How can we use social media to help farmers, especially those in sustainable agriculture, to sell their products?

    Area: Development and Balance

    Topic Partner: Laotu Culture

    Prefer participants located in Shenzhen/Sichuan/Beijing/Guangzhou

    Design Challenge Background: Farmers now gain little from the conventional agricultural market. Conversely, consumers' food safety concerns have resulted in an unwillingness to buy produce from rural China. However, Laotu is finding that the sustainable agricultural products from Chinese farmers are actually of high quality, but farmers are unaware of how to convey this to the public effectively in order to sell their products. Thus, Laotu hopes to use social media to help the farmers.


    Partner Introduction: Laotu, a social enterprise, tells stories and promotes sustainable rural development.

    How do we use digital storytelling to tell a community's oral history?

    Area: Development and Balance

    Topic Partner: Peer Experience Exchange Rostrum

    No participant location preferrence

    Design Challenge Background: The oral history of a community records its tradition and transformations through the voices of those who experienced it. Through the retelling of these oral histories, we can gain deeper insight into a community's gradual change and how it relates to mainstream society, hopefully resulting in a more comprehensive societal self-awareness as a result of reflecting upon the impact of our progressions. Transmitting these oral histories through the medium of digital storytelling makes these stories more accessible and more relevant to contemporary audiences.


    Partner Introduction: PEER is a Beijing-based NGO that promotes educational equality within low-income regions in China.

    How can we institute more professional standards within the voluntary collegiate teaching community?

    Area: Growth and Innovation

    Topic Partner: 1 KG Box

    Prefer participants located in Guangzhou

    Design Challenge Background: In spite of large amounts of resources and human capital being channeled into these efforts, the relative impact of voluntary collegiate teaching has been underwhelming. The lack of professionalism seems to have been directly impacting the standard of education that these university students can provide. It is imperative that responsible institutions devise some kind of effective solution, in order to provide a more efficient service, and as a result a better education for targeted underprivileged groups of children.


    Partner Introduction: 1 KG Boxes are a series of fun, low-cost and easy-to-use educational toolkit designed to suit the needs of rural and migrant children.